Don’t be fooled by the ridiculous ride height and enormous wing. The P1 LM is actually road legal. Which means, the 6 minute 43 second lap time Kenny Brack just set in it, is the fastest any road legal car has ever lapped the infamous ‘ring.
The P1 LM was created by a company called Lanzante. Name ring a bell? That might be because they’re the people that took a McLaren F1 GTR to victory in the 1995 Le Mans 24-Hours. The P1 LM process starts with a P1 GTR – an already disturbingly fast track car. Lanzante then not only make it road legal, they make it even more mad. For starters its 60kgs lighter thanks to plastic windows, titanium bolts, lightweight seats and removal of the airlift system. A brave move when you consider the size of the new front splitter (more on that below)
The diet means that the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 now only has to push 1390kg. But, because of increased boost pressure and other tweaks, output is up to a crisp 1000bhp and 774lb ft of torque. 0-62mph is achieved 2.5 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 214mph. However, its how the P1 LM behaves in the corners thats important.
The outrageous aero additions including the massive rear wing, larger front splitter and dive planes, give the P1 LM a 40% downforce advantage over the P1 GTR. In the video below you can really see the magic of aerodynamics at work. The P1 LM looks glued to the road as Indy car driver Kenny Brack throws it round the green hell.
The best thing is, after setting the new record, it was driven all the way back to the UK. There is bad news however, they’re only making five of them and they were all sold long ago. That being said, they’re keeping there prototype version which Mr. Brack reckons he could go even quicker… we’ll have to wait and see.